D. Lawrence Venable

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

OFFICE (520) 621-5956; FAX (520) 621-9190
EMAIL venable@email.arizona.edu

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Selected Publications


Ge X. Y. M, J. P. Scholl, U. Basinger, T. E. Huxman, and D. L, Venable. 2019. Functional trait trade-off and species abundance: insights from a multi-decadal study. Ecology Letters 22: 583-592. pdf

Larios, E. and D. L. Venable. 2018. Selection for seed size: the unexpected effects of water availability and density. Functional Ecology 32: 2216-2224.pdf

Richman, S. K. and D. L. Venable 2018. Aggregate enantiostyly: floral visitor interactions with a previously unreported form of floral display. Journal of Pollination Ecology 22:49-54. pdf

Larios, E., A. Burquez, G Valenzuela, P. Chesson and D. L. Venable. 2017.Post-dispersal seed predation in relation to selection on seed size in Dithyrea californica. Evolutionary Ecology Research 18:651-662. pdf

Horst, J. L., and D. L. Venable. 2017. Frequency-dependent seed predation by rodents on Sonoran Desert winter annual plants. Ecology 99:196-203. pdf

Gremer, J. R., Kimball, S., and D. L. Venable. 2016. Within- and among-year germination in Sonoran Desert winter annuals: bet hedging and predictive germination in a variable environment. Ecology Letters 19:1209-1218. pdf

Huang, Z., S. Liu, K. J. Bradford, T. E. Huxman, and D. L. Venable. 2016. The contribution of germination functional traits to population dynamics of a desert plant community. Ecology 97: 250-261. pdf

Yang, X., Z. Huang, D. L. Venable, L. Wang, K. Zhang, J. M. Baskin, C. C. Baskin, and J. H. C. Cornelissen. 2016. Linking performance trait stability with species distribution: the case of Artemisia and its close relatives in northern China. Journal of Vegetation Science. 27: 123-132. pdf

Rubio de Casas, R., K. Donohue, D. L. Venable, and P. O. Cheptou. (2015). Gene-flow through space and time: dispersal, dormancy and adaptation to changing environments. Evolutionary Ecology 29: 813-831. pdf

Larios, E., and D. Lawrence Venable.2015. Maternal adjustment of offspring provisioning and the consequences for dispersal. Ecology 96: 2771–2780. pdf

Horst, J. L., S. Kimball, J. X. Becerra, K. Noge, and D. L. Venable. 2015. Documenting the early stages of invasion of Matthiola parviflora and predicting its spread in North America. The Southwestern Naturalist 59: 47-55. pdf

Angert, A. L., S. Kimball, M. Peterson, T. E. Huxman, and D. L. Venable. 2014. Phenotypic constraints and community structure: Linking trade-offs within and among species. Evolution 68:3149-3165. pdf

Larios, E., A. Burquez, J. X. Becerra, and D. L. Venable. 2014. Natural selection on seed size through the life cycle of a desert annual plant. Ecology 95:3213–3220. pdf

Willis, C. G., C. C. Baskin, J. M. Baskin, J. R. Auld, D. L. Venable, J. Cavender‐Bares, K. Donohue, R. Rubio de Casas, and the NEScent Germination Working Group. 2014. The evolution of seed dormancy: environmental cues, evolutionary hubs, and diversification of the seed plants.New Phytologist, 203: 300-309. pdf

Saatkamp, A. Poschlod, P. Venable, D. L. 2014. In R.S. Gallagher(ed.). The functional role of soil seed banks in natural communities. pp. 263- 295. Gallagher, R. S. Seeds: the ecology of regeneration in plant communities. Ed. 3. Cabi.pdf

Kimball, S., J. R. Gremer, G. A. Barron-Gafford, A .L. Angert, T. E. Huxman, and D. L. Venable. 2014. High water-use efficiency and growth contribute to success of non-native Erodium cicutarium in a Sonoran Desert winter annual community. Conservation Physiology 2: 1-13. pdf

Gremer, J. R., and D. L. Venable. 2014. Bet hedging in desert winter annual plants: optimal germination strategies in a variable environment. Ecology Letters 17:380-387. pdf

Venable, D. L., and S. Kimball. 2013. Population and Community Dynamics of Sonoran Desert Winter Annuals. Pages 140-164 in C. K. Kelly, M. G. Bowler, and G. A. Fox, editors. Temporal Dynamics and Ecological Process. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England. pdf unavailable

Barron-Gafford, G. A., A. L. Angert, D. L. Venable, A. P. Tyler, K. L. Gerst, and T. E. Huxman. 2013. Photosynthetic temperature responses of co-occurring desert winter annuals with contrasting resource-use efficiencies and different temporal patterns of resource utilization may allow for species coexistence. Journal of Arid Environments 91:95-103. (please request pdf through Elsevier)

Gremer, J. R., S. Kimball, K. R. Keck, T. E. Huxman, A. L. Angert & D. L. Venable. 2013. Water-use efficiency and relative growth rate mediate competitive interactions in Sonoran Desert winter annual plants. American Journal of Botany 100:2009-2015. pdf

Huxman, T. E., S. Kimball., A. L. Angert, J. R. Gremer, G. A Barron-Gafford, & D. L. Venable. 2013. Understanding past, contemporary, and future dynamics of plants, populations, and communities using Sonoran Desert winter annuals. American Journal of Botany 100:1369-1380. pdf

Kimball, S., J. R. Gremer, T. E. Huxman, D. L. Venable, & A. L. Angert. 2013. Phenotypic selection favors missing trait combinations in coexisting annual plants. The American Naturalist 182:191-207. pdf

Rodriguez-Buritica, S.,H. Raichle, T. Birt, R. H. Webb, R. M. Turner, E. A. Pierson, and D. L. Venable. 2013. Population dynamics of Sonoran Desert saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) at the Desert Laboratory (Tucson, Arizona) Ecological Archives E094-151. Ecology 94: 1660. pdf Ecological Archives E094-151

Rodriguez-Buritica, S.,H. Raichle, R. H. Webb, R. M. Turner, and D. L. Venable. 2013. One hundred and six years of population and community dynamics of Sonoran Desert Laboratory perennials: Ecological Archives E094-083. Ecology 94: 976. pdf Ecological Archives E094-083

Becerra, J.X., K. Noge, S. Olivier and D.L. Venable. 2012. The monophyly of Bursera and its impact for divergence times of Burseraceae. Taxon 61 (2), 333-343. pdf

Gremer, J. R., S. Kimball., A. L. Angert, D. L. Venable, & T .E. Huxman. 2012. Variation in photosynthetic response to temperature in a guild of winter annual plants. Ecology 93:2693-2704. pdf

Kimball, S., J. R. Gremer, A. L. Angert.,T .E. Huxman, D. L. Venable. 2012. Fitness and physiology in a variable environment. Oecologia 169:319–329. pdf

Kimball, S., A. L. Angert, T. E. Huxman, and D. L. Venable. 2011. Differences in the timing of germination and reproduction relate to growth physiology and population dynamics of Sonoran Desert winter annualsAmerican Journal of Botany 98:1773-1781. pdf

Gerst, K. L., A. L. Angert, and D. L. Venable.  2011.  The effect of geographic range position on demographic variability in annual plants.  Journal of Ecology 99:591-599. pdf

Kimball, S., A. L. Angert, T. E. Huxman, and D. L. Venable.  2010.  Contemporary climate change in the Sonoran Desert favors cold-adapted species.  Global Change Biology 16:1555-1565. pdf

Angert, A. L., J. L. Horst, T. E. Huxman, and D. L. Venable.  2010. Phenotypic plasticity and precipitation response in Sonoran Desert winter annuals.  American Journal of Botany 97:405-411. pdf

Venable, D. L. and M. Rees. 2009. The scaling of seed size. Journal of Ecology 97: 27-31. pdf

Angert, A. . L, T. E. Huxman, P. Chesson and D. L. Venable. 2009. Functional tradeoffs determine species coexistence via the storage effect. PNAS 106:11641-11645. pdf Supplemental Materials

Becerra, J. X., K. Noge,  and D. L. Venable. 2009.  Macroevolutionary chemical escalation in an ancient plant-herbivore arms race. PNAS 106:18062-18066. pdf

Becerra, J. X. and D .L. Venable. 2008. Sources and sinks of diversification and conservation priorities for the Mexican tropical dry forest.  PLoS ONE 3:e3436. pdf

Venable, D. L., A. Flores-Martinez, H. C. Muller-Landau, G. Barron-Gafford and J. X. Becerra. 2008. Seed dispersal of desert annuals. Ecology 89(8): 2218-2227. pdf

Huxman, T. E., G. A. Barron-Gafford, K. L. Gerst, A .L. Angert, A. P. Tyler and D. L. Venable. 2008. Photosynthetic resource-use efficiency and demographic variability in desert winter annual plants. Ecology 89: 1554-1563. pdf

Venable, D. L. 2007. Bet hedging in a guild of desert annuals. Ecology 88: 1086-1090. pdf

Rees, M. and D. L. Venable. 2007. Why do big plants make big seeds? Journal of Ecology 95: 926-9361. pdf

Angert, A. L., T. E. Huxman, G .A. Barron-Gafford, K. L. Gerst and D. L. Venable. 2007. Linking growth strategies to long-term population dynamics in a guild of desert annuals. Journal of Ecology 95:321-331. pdf

Evans M. E. K., R. Ferriere, M. J. Kane, and D. L. Venable. 2007. Bet hedging via seed banking in desert evening primroses (Oenothera, Onagraceae): Demographic evidence from natural populations. American Naturalist 169:184-194. pdf

Evans M. E. K., D. J. Hearn, W .J. Hahn, J. M. Spangle, and D. L. Venable. 2005. Climate and life-history evolution in evening primroses (Oenothera, Onagraceae): A phylogenetic comparative analysis. Evolution 59:1914-1927. pdf

Venable, D. L. and D. G. Lloyd. 2004. Allocation under multiple resource constraints. Evolutionary Ecology Research 6: 1109-1121. pdf

Adondakis, S. and D .L. Venable. 2004. Dormancy and germination in a guild of Sonoran Desert annuals. Ecology 85:2582-2590. pdf

Miller, J. S. and D. L. Venable. 2003. Floral morphometrics and the evolution of sexual dimorphism in Lycium (Solanaceae). Evolution. 57:74-86. pdf

Venable, D. L. 2003. Population biology 20 years later. American Journal of Botany 90: 158-159. pdf

Miller, J. S. and D. L. Venable. 2002. The transition to gender dimorphism on an evolutionary background of self-incompatibility: An example from Lycium (Solanaceae). American Journal of Botany. 89:1907-1915. pdf

Till-Boutraud, I., P. H. Gouyon, D. L. Venable and B. Godelle. 2001. The number of competitors providing pollen on a stigma strongly influences intraspecific variation in number of pollen apertures. Evolutionary Ecology Research 3:231-253. pdf

Becerra, J. X., D. L. Venable, P .H. Evans, and W. S. Bowers. 2001. Interactions between chemical and mechanical defenses in the plant genus Bursera and their implications for herbivores. American Zoologist 41:865-876. pdf

Miller, J. S. and D. L. Venable. 2000. Polyploidy and the evolution of gender dimorphism in plants. Science 289:2335-2338. pdf

Evans, P. H., J. X. Becerra, D. L. Venable, and W. S. Bowers. 2000. Chemical analysis of squirt-gun defense in Bursera and counterdefense by chrysomelid beetles. Journal of Chemical Ecology 26 (3): 745-754. pdf

Clauss, M. J. and D. L. Venable. 2000. Seed germination in desert annuals: An empirical test of adaptive bet hedging. American Naturalist 155:168-186. pdf

Moriuchi, K. S.,Venable, D. L., Pake, C. E., and T. Lange. 2000. Direct measurements of seed bank age structure of a Sonoran Desert annual plant. Ecology 81:1133-1138. pdf

Venable, D. L. and C. E. Pake. 1999. Population ecology of Sonoran Desert annual plants. Pages 115-142 in The Ecology of Sonoran Desert Plants and Plant Communities. R. Robichaux, editor. University of Arizona Press. Tucson, Arizona. pdf

Becerra, J. X. and D. L. Venable. 1999. Macroevolution of insect-plant associations: The relevance of host biogeography to host affiliation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 96:12626-12631. pdf

Becerra, J. X. and D. L. Venable. 1999. Nuclear ribosomal, DNA phylogeny and its implications for evolutionary trends in Mexican Bursera (Burseraceae). American Journal of Botany 86:1047-1057. pdf

Venable, D. L., E. Dyreson, D. Piñero and J. X. Becerra. 1998. Seed morphometrics and adaptive geographic differentiation. Evolution. 52:321-331. pdf

Fishbein, M. and D. L. Venable 1996. Diversity and temporal change in the effective pollinators of Asclepias tuberosa. Ecology 77:1061-1073. pdf

Venable, D. L. 1996. Packaging and provisioning in plant reproduction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society London. B. 351:1319-1329. pdf

Fishbein, M. and D .L. Venable. 1996. Evolution of inflorescence design: theory and data. Evolution 50:2165-2177. pdf

Pake, C. E. and D. L. Venable. 1996. Seed banks in desert annuals: Implications for persistence and coexistence in variable environments. Ecology 77:1427-1435. pdf

Venable, D. L., E. Dyerson and E. Morales. 1995. Population dynamic consequences and evolution of seed traits of Heterosperma pinnatum (Asteraceae) American Journal of Botany 82:410-420. pdf

Pake, C. and D .L. Venable. 1995. Is coexistence in Sonoran Desert annuals mediated by temporal variablility in reproductive success? Ecology 76:246-261. pdf

Till-Bottraud, D. L. Venable, I., P. H. Gouyon, I. Dajoz. 1994. Selection of pollen morphology: A game theory model. American Naturalist 144:395-411. pdf

Venable, D. L., C. E. Pake and A. C. Caprio. 1993. Diversity and coexistence of Sonoran Desert winter annuals. Plant Species Biology 8:207-216. pdf

Fleming, T .H., D. L. Venable and L. G. Herrera. 1993. Opportunism vs. specialization: The evolution of dispersal strategies in fleshy-fruited plants. Vegetatio 107/108:107-120. pdf

Venable, D. L. and Brown, J. S. 1993. Population dynamic functions of plant dispersal. Vegetatio 107/108:31-55. pdf

Pantastico-Caldas, M. and D. L. Venable. 1993. Competition in two species of desert annuals along a topographic gradient. Ecology 74:2192-2203. pdf

Lloyd, D. G. and D. L. Venable. 1992. Some properties of natural selection with single and multiple constraints. Theoretical Population Biology 41:90-100. pdf

Venable, D. L. 1992. Size-number trade-offs and the variation of seed size with plant resource status. American Naturalist 140:287-304. pdf

Becerra, J.X.I. and  D.L. Venable. 1991. The role of ant-Homoptera mutualisms in the evolution of extrafloral nectaries. Oikos 60: 105-106. pdf

Brown, J. S. and D. L. Venable. 1991. Life-history evolution of seed bank annuals in response to seed predation. Evolutionary Ecology 5:12-29. pdf

Becerra, J. X. I. and D .L. Venable. 1990. Rapid-bath and squirt-gun defense in Bursera schlechtendalii and the counterploy of Chrysomelid beetles. Biotropica 22:320-323. pdf

Venable, D. L. and A. Burquez. 1990. Quantitative genetics of size, shape, life-history, and fruit characteristics of the seed heteromorphic composite Heterosperma pinnatum. 2. Correlation structure. Evolution 44:1748-1763. pdf

Becerra, J.X.I. and  D.L. Venable. 1989. Extrafloral nectaries: a defense against ant-Homoptera mutualisms? Oikos, 55:276-280. pdf

Venable, D L. and A. Burquez. 1989. Quantitative genetics of size, shape, life-history, and fruit characteristics of the seed heteromorphic composite Heterosperma pinnatum. 1. Variation within and among populations. Evolution 43:113-124. pdf

Venable, D .L. 1989. Modeling the evolutionary ecology of seed banks. pp. 67-87 In: Leck, M.A., V.T. Parker, and R.L. Simpson, editors, The ecology of soil seed banks. Academic Press, San Diego. pdf

Venable, D L. and J. S. Brown. 1988. The selective interactions of dispersal, dormancy, and seed size as adaptations for reducing risk in variable environments. American Naturalist 131:360-384. pdf

Brown, J. S. and D. L. Venable. 1986. Evolutionary ecology of seed bank annuals in temporally varying environments. American Naturalist 127:31-47. pdf

Venable, D. L., A. Burquez, G. Corral, E. Morales, and F. Espinosa. 1987. The ecology of seed heteromorphism in Heterosperma pinnatum in central Mexico. Ecology 68:65-76. pdf

Venable, D .L. 1985. The evolutionary ecology of seed heteromorphism. American Naturalist 126:577-595. pdf

Venable, D .L. and D. A. Levin. 1985. Ecology of achene dimorphism in Heterotheca latifolia. 1. Achene structure, germination and dispersal. Journal of Ecology 73:133-145. pdf

Venable, D .L. and D. A. Levin. 1985. Ecology of achene dimorphism in Heterotheca latifolia. 2. Demographic variation within populations. Journal of Ecology 73:743-755. pdf

Venable, D. L. 1985. Ecology of achene dimorphism in Heterotheca latifolia. 3. Consequences of varied water availability. Journal of Ecology 73:757-763. pdf

Venable, D. L. 1984. Using intraspecific variation to study the ecological significance and evolution of plant life-histories. Pages 166-187 in R. Dirzo and J. Sarukhan, editors. Perspectives on Plant Population Ecology. Sinauer Associates. Sunderland, Massachusetts. pdf

Venable, D. L. and D. A. Levin. 1983. Morphological dispersal structures in relation to growth habit in the Compositae. Plant Systematics and Evolution 143:1-16. pdf

Venable, D. L. and L. Lawlor. 1980. Delayed germination and dispersal in desert annuals: Escape in space and time. Oecologia 46:272-282. pdf